Road warriors have gotten quite accustomed to closures on the 610 Loop and Southwest Freeway. But now, I-10 travelers will have to prepare for a shutdown this weekend, per the Texas Department of Transportation.
TxDOT will close the I-10 eastbound mainlanes just east of Post Oak starting 9 pm Friday, April 8 through 6 pm Sunday, April 10.
Aiming to keep lanes open as long as possible, TxDOT has ensured the closure will shift between a total closure and a two-lane closure through the weekend.
The schedule is as follows, per a TxDOT announcement:
- Total closure overnight from Friday at 9 p.m. to Saturday at 6 am.
- Two inside lanes will open and two outside lanes will remain closed from 6 am Saturday 6 to 5 am Sunday.
- Total closure will resume from 5 am Sunday to 6 pm the same day.
- All lanes will then reopen on Sunday at 6 pm.
Why close lanes on a busy Art Car weekend? TxDOT notes in a press release that this closure is for construction of a pedestrian bridge TxDOT is constructing for METRO. Specifically, the project contractor will be staging equipment and drilling the drill shafts for the bridge, a release adds.
METRO is funding this $6.2 million project; it’s slated to be complete in spring of 2023.